Fred Van Eps
Fred Van Eps (1878–1960) taught himself five-string banjo after becoming acquainted with early brown wax cylinders by banjoist Vess L. Ossman. Van Eps recorded his own homemade cylinders for use as audition material in 1897 and secured a job recording professionally the following year. Van Eps developed into a first-rate technician, his playing always extremely clean and precise. He ultimately recorded for nearly every recording concern in existence well into the 1920s.
The following recordings featuring Fred Van Eps are available in the National Jukebox: